‘Delhi Chalo’: Undeterred Farmers Begin March Despite Being Denied Permission

by GoNews Desk 3 years ago Views 3844

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Despite being denied permission from the Delhi Police, the undeterred farmers have started marching towards the national capital against the contentious agricultural laws. Farmers from Haryana, Punjab and a few other states have started heading towards Delhi with tractor-trolley, bus, truck and on foot to protest against the changes in the laws related to crop purchase. In many places, farmers are marching carrying ration, bedding and other essential things to make a long camp in or nearby Delhi.

Amid this, the police started detaining farmer leaders to weaken the movement. The Police have arrested 100 farmer leaders by raiding several places including Fatehabad, Hisar, Jhajjar, Sirsa in Haryana.

The Haryana Police has increased blockade in all districts. The main routes to Punjab have been closed. The Datasinghwala border in Jind and the Devanagari and Saddopur borders in Ambala have been sealed. Section 144 has been imposed in many districts including Jhajjar-Rewari.

Police have tightened barricading at the Kundli border in Sonipat. The state government has invited 5 companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) from the Central Government. They have been deployed at Punjab border at Sirsa, Ambala, Jind and Delhi border at Sonepat. 14 additional police companies have also been deployed. The administration in Ambala has deployed a heavy police force with water canons. The Haryana government has advised to avoid using certain national highways for the next three days.

Ahead of the ‘Delhi Chalo’, the Delhi Police had said that the protest was not allowed in the capital in view of COVID-19. Delhi DCP Ish Singhal says that mass gathering amid the pandemic would be allowed and if the protesters still come here, ‘legal action will be taken. '

More than 300 farmers organisations have been carrying out a movement against new agricultural laws for two months across the country. The biggest impact of this movement is in Haryana and Punjab where minimum support price is a big issue for farmers. An announcement was made by the farmer organisations to march and camp in Delhi on November 26. It is obvious that all the routes to Delhi could be occupied by the farmers.

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